Today (and and through Friday of this week) all Leili yarn from The Unique Sheep will be 15% off at Woolgirl. We're so excited about a new pattern from The Unique Sheep called the Criss Cross Lace Shawl, which uses just 3 skeins of Leili, and you'll be sure to want one for those cool summer nights! Isn't it just gorgeous?
What you may not know about Leili is that it's incredibly soft and great to work with. Don't let the 25% mohair content fool you...it just makes the yarn that much more exquisite, adding a slight halo effect without having the scratchiness that mohair sometimes has. Perfect enough to keep your shoulders warm on those cool summer evenings, yet still light enough to be considered a summer shawl. How great is that?
The shawl uses 2 skeins of Leili in the 356 yard (100 g) skeins for the main color, and 1 skein of Leili in the 356 yard (100 g) skeins for the alternating (ruffle) color.
And because we like to work with color here at Woolgirl, we've put together some great color combination suggestions for you for the Criss Cross Lace Shawl!
We think any of these combinations would look DIVINE (or mix and match to choose your own combo)...
Black Eyed Susan and Sunstone
Bird's Nest and Teal Bayou
Love & Roses and Raspberry Lemonade
Peanut Butter & Jam and Chocolate Kiss
Froggy Feet and Maya
Frida's Reality and Sunstone
Peony Bush and Raspberry Lemonade
Renaissance and Bird's Nest
Blue Flame and Gems of Turquoise
Love and Roses and Calming
Flower Power and Sunstone
Juliet and Echinacea
So, just a few color combinations to get you started. There are so many to choose from! We hope you have fun with it!
And if socks are more your thing, let me tell you, I have knit several pair of socks out Leili too, and they are some of my favorites! For those of you who have received a Wooly Woolgirl package from us, there's a sock pattern in there that uses Leili....the Woolgirl Anklet pattern (knit with the Woolgirl colorway)...these are a perfect summer sock using the Leili yarn...
We've had excellent comments from our test knitters too regarding Leili.
Here's the Monkey pattern knit in Black Eyed Susan Leili (thank you Bev!)....
and Dark Earth Blend knit in our December sock club pattern...
Leili was one of our sock club yarns chosen last year, and has been one of my favorites since I opened the shop over a year ago. If you haven't tried it yet, now is definitely your chance. Today through Friday, May 30th, Leili will be on sale 15% off in the shop.
OK, so Abby tells me I need to announce the winner of last week's Summer of Socks contest, as I did mention that the winner would be announced today! :) The question was: Knitting has traditionally always been a female handicraft. TRUE or FALSE? The answer to this question is obviously FALSE (and most of you got it right!) According to the Knit with It website, "most historians agree that knitting originated with male Arabian sailors and was basically a male-only craft until fairly recently in history." I wish it would become as popular with men today, don't you? How cool would that be if our husbands were knitting along with us during American Idol? Of course, I'd have to get my husband to be as enthralled with American Idol as I am, but hey, one thing at a time.
The winner of the contest is Sandra! Congrats Sandra! I will be sending you an email today along with some fun yarn this week! Can't wait to see what you think!
Check back with us on Friday of this week, as I'll be posting some information on the Miss Babs summer sock contest, and I'll have some additional information on some of the new items we'll be adding to the shop soon! Have a happy Wednesday!